Oliver Who found his passion for music at the age of 13, the same time he realized his interest in men. Born and raised in Long Island, New York, Oliver is a pop singer/songwriter who strives the create music about real life's trials and tribulations. This includes heartbreak, hooking up, growing up, and screwing up. Pulling inspirations from notable artists like Lorde, Troye Sivan, Sam Smith, and Years and Years, Oliver’s debut single “Found You” is out now! He plans to release another single within the year!
The bouncing wave of dream-pop makes for an energetic beginning to “Found You”. The song blends elements of electro-pop and R&B on a danceable backbeat. The autotune on Oliver’s vocals are well suited to the overall sentiment and feeling of the track. “Found You” is equipped with a catchy hook leaving you craving more, and verses that bounce along the drum-line with precision and ease. Whether he’s weaving through catchy verses or the addicting hook, Oliver Who’s powerhouse vocals remain strong over top of the heavy backbeat. “Found You” is a track all about how ecstatic Oliver is to meet the person he sings about throughout the song. Perhaps after a second listen, you realize this could be an introspective track about finding yourself. His positive energy shines through the speakers while the infectious rhythm takes the listener on a journey through the soundscapes he’s created. We welcome this budding pop artist into the BuzzMusic Family with open arms and we can’t wait to see what he delivers next!
Listen to “Found You” here and read more below in our exclusive interview!
Welcome to BuzzMusic Oliver Who! It’s a pleasure to feature your debut song “Found You”! How long has this project been in the works?
Found You has been in the works for 6 months. The video actually delayed the release a bit more.
We’re always curious to learn more about how an artist got started! What inspired you to start recording/releasing your music?
Most of my inspiration came from not having a lot of gay artists growing up that I could relate to. More specifically, there were no visible queer people that looked more like me doing music. The amazing thing about music now is that we’ve moved beyond the point of race and sexuality, so there are a lot more artists doing amazing things and representing multiple communities now.
Who has had the biggest influence on your life musically thus far? Can you describe the impact this particular individual has had in terms of your new song “Found You”?
The biggest influence on my life musically thus far has to be “Troye Sivan”. In his sophomore album “Bloom” he opened up more about his queer experiences and it made me realize how I wanted to approach my music. I think this inspiration is really strong in the video for “Found You.” I would have never had the courage to do something like this before. I’m still learning and hope to make more music about my queer identity and experiences in the near future.
We felt the emotion you were trying to convey in your song “Found You”! Can you tell us more about the inspiration and meaning behind this song?
The inspiration came from actually going through a recent heartbreaking situation. However, I wrote the song as if it was a love letter to myself. The song as a whole is about finding love, but I made sure not to use any pronouns in my lyrics to make sure the song stayed true to its original meaning–which is that love is universal and all around us. Everyone loves someone or something–whether it’s our family, lover, friends, pets, etc.
It was great having you here on BuzzMusic! Tell us more about what's next for you after this song release? Any upcoming shows to promote “Found You” in the near future?!
Right now I’m currently working on a couple of tracks that break away from the happy tone that “Found You” has. I think that the songs definitely still stay in touch with my Pop side. I have no upcoming shows, but stick around I might have something in the near future!